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Please join Bossier Schools at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 in the auditorium at Bossier Instructional Center to celebrate a milestone and thank Foster Campbell for being a champion for the children of Bossier Parish.

Campbell's forethought as State Senator to establish the Bossier Educational Excellence Fund in 1985 has impacted every student and classroom in some way throughout the district.

To date, more than $7 million in interest has been collected from BEEF to purchase technology and software, robotics programming, pay for 100,000 hours of after-school tutoring and more.

Everyone is both welcome and encouraged to attend. BIC is located at 2719 Airline Drive in Bossier City. 

Posted 6/19/18

 

Group photo of Benton Elementary archery team holding world championship banner

Benton Elementary is on top of the world after its archery team accomplished what few, if any, have ever done.

The Tigers staged a total shut-out at the NASP World Archery Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, bringing home three titles; the World Championship in the bullseye and 3D competitions, as well as the Centershot World Bullseye Tournament. Yes, Benton Elementary achieved world domination across the board.

Hot on the Tigers’ heels was Kingston Elementary, which took second place honors in the bullseye and 3D. Bossier Parish middle schools also rocked the competition. Benton Middle came in second in the bullseye and third in the 3D, while Haughton Middle placed third in bullseye and fourth in 3D. The Buccaneers’ team of 39 archers especially shined at the Centershot tournament, where Haughton’s team took first place honors in the bullseye.

Several individual archers from Bossier Schools were singled out for their prowess with the bow and arrow and earned awards. Anna Young from Benton Elementary placed second in 3D overall female elementary archer; Hannah McKenzie, also from Benton Elementary, came in fifth in bullseye overall female elementary archer; and Emma Rutledge from Benton Middle claimed the fifth place spot in bullseye as overall female middle school archer.

It is safe to say Bossier Parish once again made its mark on the global stage in the world of archery. It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off and Bossier Schools congratulates its four winning teams.

Posted 6/13/18

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Dr. Nichole Bourgeois, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Academic Affairs for Bossier Parish Schools, has announced the Bossier Parish Pupil Progression Plan for the 2018-19 school year is available for public review.

The review window is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14 and the same hours Monday through Wednesday, June 18-20 at Bossier Instructional Center (BIC), located at 2719 Airline Drive in Bossier City. The Pupil Progression Plan will then be presented for approval to the Bossier Parish School Board at 6 p.m. June 21.

The plan, required by the Louisiana Department of Education, details the program and procedures governing the education of students in Bossier Parish. For additional information, contact Dr. Bourgeois at (318) 549-6200. 

Posted 6/12/18

Group photo of grant winnersThe Bossier Optimist Club has continued its commitment to educational excellence and successful student outcomes at Bossier Schools by awarding $28,000 in grant money to 15 teachers for classroom enhancements and programming.

In all, 65 Bossier Parish educators submitted grant proposals detailing various initiatives to improve classroom learning and increase student engagement. Monetary awards, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each, were doled out at a June 6 luncheon hosted in the teachers’ honor by the Optimists.

Recipients of this year’s Bossier Optimist Club grants are: Lea Anne Nelson, Curtis Elementary; Marissa Marrero, Sun City Elementary; Jessica Armstrong, Britney Bass and Angi Reger, Legacy Elementary; Lindsay Burns, Plantation Park Elementary; Joanna Racouillat, Meadowview Elementary; Shelly Malone, Benton Middle; Rebekah Gibbs, Elm Grove Middle; Kelly Birdsong and Charlene Cooper, Cope Middle; Beauchamp Powers, Haughton Middle; Hannah Hagerhjelm, Airline High; and Linda Finimore and Karyn Lipsey, Airline High.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith praised the Bossier Optimist Club for consistently living up to its motto ‘Friend of Youth’ and putting its money where its mouth is.

“The Bossier Optimist Club is a true friend and partner to Bossier Schools,” Smith said. “The Optimists understand the importance of investing in our teachers and students in an effort to help them achieve success and that, in turn, benefits our entire community in countless ways.” 

The Optimists began awarding grants to Bossier Parish teachers in 1988 and to date has funded more than $459,000 in classroom enhancements. Each week, club members work Bingo games to raise money specifically for this grant program.

Posted 6/6/18

Photo of Spencer KiperThe annual Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans got off to a great start for Bossier Parish Schools, when Elm Grove Middle School educator Spencer Kiper was announced as a finalist for the 2019 Teacher of the Year awards.

Kiper teaches STEM at EGMS and is the Bossier Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year. He advanced to win Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year and was then named a state semi-finalist.

Now, it's on to the state competition, where Kiper will be honored at a ceremony in July in Baton Rouge and Bossier Schools will be there to cheer him on!

Posted 5/30/18

Invitation to turf field ribbon cuttingThe Bossier High Bearkats are excited to cut the ribbon on their new artificial turf football field and you are invited to attend the big event.

The turf field was made possible thanks to a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of Bossier City as part of the downtown re-envisioning project.

Everyone is invited for the fun. There will be a 7-on-7 Championship Alumni Tournament to follow, free hot dogs, hamburgers and more fun to commemorate the event. 

Posted 5/29/18

Photo of Deputy Lonadier with Bossier Sheriff and Louisiana s GovernorBenton High's School Resource Officer found himself in Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' company last week in Baton Rouge where he was named the "Deputy of the Year" by the Louisiana Sheriff's Association, an organization that represents nearly 14,000 deputy sheriffs statewide. 

Deputy Lonadier was selected for his selfless service and his passion for leading and mentoring the youth of Bossier Parish. Lonadier is a retired Deputy Chief from the Bossier City Fire Department and has been a SRO at Benton for two years and has nearly five years of service with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

“I really didn’t expect it, but it was quite an honor,” said Dep. Lonadier. “There are so many deputies who need to be recognized, but I’m real glad to represent the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the people of Bossier Parish.”

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington says it is easy to see why Lonadier was selected.

“Deputy Lonadier is caring and shows compassion as an SRO, and his commitment in working after hours on his own time with the students at ball games and fishing events makes him special,” said Sheriff Whittington. “You can’t train someone with that, you can’t pay them enough money…they just have to want to do it.”

As an SRO, Deputy Lonadier goes above and beyond his required duties by volunteering as a Boat Captain for the Benton High School Fishing Team, volunteering for batting practice for the softball team, and attending all extracurricular activities, even when he is not on duty. He is known for his proactive efforts in maintaining a positive rapport with students, parents, and community members.

“I think putting yourself in the students' shoes and remembering what it was like it in high school is important,” said Dep. Lonadier.  “You care about them, whether at school or away from school. You need to be genuinely honest with them, and they can sense when someone is simply going through the motions.”

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith said it is Lonadier’s commitment to keeping the Benton High campus safe and building relationships with the students that make such a difference.

“Deputy Lonadier is the epitome of what one would envision the LSA Deputy Sheriff of the Year being,” Superintendent Smith said.  “As School Resource Officer at Benton High, Deputy Lonadier makes student safety his top priority while, at the same time, building those important relationships and earning their trust. That is critical to fostering a safe campus environment. His efforts go far beyond school hours, though.  Deputy Lonadier invests his personal time sponsoring the school’s fishing club, serving as a positive role model and mentor to teens. This is just one ideal of many he possesses and why we at Bossier Schools are thrilled Deputy Lonadier is being recognized at the state level.”

Deputy Lonadier also goes out of his way to help in times of crisis. Particularly, last year, he spent his own time assisting in locating a pair of runaway twin boys. His relationship with these boys continued after they were found, as he was asked to serve as their mentor in the Camp Minden Youth Challenge Program. This involved not only spending his spare hours mentoring, but also volunteer hours of training before participating in the program, all of which he did without hesitation. This is yet another example of Deputy Lonadier’s selfless service and passion for influencing the youth of Bossier Parish. 

Deputy Lonadier was recognized during a trip to Baton Rouge and a visit to the office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.  He was also commended on the floors of the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives.

While the trip to Baton Rouge was special, Lonadier’s heart and passion to serve lies in Bossier Parish.

“You’re part of the team at Benton High School, and this is a great place,” he said.  “I’m lucky to be here.”

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association accepts nominations each year from the state’s 64 sheriffs, and the winners are selected by the Sheriffs’ Awards Committee. The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is honored to highlight the meritorious contributions of Louisiana’s professional deputy sheriffs.

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is a bipartisan organization, composed of Louisiana’s 64 sheriffs and nearly 14,000 deputy sheriffs, established to represent Louisiana’s chief law enforcement officers across the state.  The Association’s purpose is to maintain the constitutional authority of the sheriff as chief law enforcement officer, ensure the delivery of first-rate services, and to sponsor legislation that promotes the administration of criminal justice.

“We know all of our deputies are worthy of recognition, but to have Lonadier receive this honor for the entire state of Louisiana speaks highly of our Bossier Sheriff’s Office,” exclaimed Sheriff Whittington.

Posted 5/21/18

Cindy Emerson is pictured with SPED Director Lillian Holley holding a cookie cake.For someone who prefers to stay behind the scenes, Cindy Emerson found herself the center of attention not just once, but three times last week.

First, it was her birthday. It was also Mother’s Day. Then, she was surprised during a ‘supposed’ staff meeting at the Bossier Parish Evaluation Center and awarded Bossier Schools’ final Gold Star award for 2017-18 amid much fanfare.

“Y’all don’t know how much of a surprise this is and I do appreciate the accolades,” Emerson told her colleagues. “I’m not sure I deserve them, but I appreciate them. Thank you.”

Oh, but Emerson does deserve praise, the Gold Star award and more her co-workers will quickly tell you.

Emerson is the Special Education SER Compliance Analyst and has been a fixture at the Evaluation Center for all 23 years of her employment in Bossier Parish. She possesses so much knowledge her colleagues simply cannot imagine functioning without her.

Jill Hunter can attest to that, writing “Cindy is one of the most knowledgeable people at the Evaluation Center regarding the IEP system and what is required in order for our information to be in compliance. Any time someone asks her a question or has a problem, Cindy has an answer and an explanation. She never complains, and she takes pride in her job. Cindy’s position requires her to be responsible for endless amounts of data and paperwork, and I am always amazed at how quickly she can come up with numbers.”

Keeping up with endless data is right. With close to 6,000 children in Special Education, Emerson has a lot of I’s to dot and T’s to cross -- and it must be exact for Bossier Parish students to get the services they need and the district to receive the funding required to provide them.

“There is lots more we have to document and keep up with and graduation requirements for all the new programs they (state and federal government) are creating, so it stays very entailed,” Emerson said.”

Yet she does it all with a smile.

“She is one of the most kindest, patient people we have working here,” Special Education Director Lillian Holley said. “Every task she takes on, she does with excellence. She is always willing to help the 80 people that work in our building and she certainly keeps us on track.”

Emerson also burns the midnight oil, working well past quitting time on weekdays, many weekends and holidays to ensure there is no gap in services or funding.

As former Special Education Director Martha Jane Gormanous can attest, “In all the years since she was hired, Cindy has never missed getting funding for our Special Education students and she has worked many overtime hours in order to meet those goals, especially during funding times. Cindy  Emerson is a true asset to Bossier Parish and is the epitome of what a Gold Star employee should exemplify.”

We could not agree more. Congratulations, Cindy Emerson. You are truly Bossier Schools’ Gold Star!

 

Editor’s Note: A special thanks to Bossier Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the Gold Star employee award program for the last six years. Cindy Emerson was the 55th recipient of the Gold Star presented on behalf of Bossier Schools and Bossier Federal Credit Union.

Posted 5/17/18

Bossier Schools logoMoving to Bossier Schools? We cannot wait to meet you! Here is what you need to know to make it official.

New student pre-registration will be going on at all school sites from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25-August 7.

Kindergarten students who did NOT pre-register in April can also do so at their school sites July 25-August 7. Kindergarten registrants must be five years of age on or before September 30, 2018. Screening will take place on one of these dates, August 8-13, and each kindergarten student will attend one full day of school.

All new students, including kindergarten students, must have a certified birth certificate, an up-to-date Louisiana health card and proof of residence. New students in grades 1-2 must bring previous school records.

The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, August 8. Kindergarten students' first day is Tuesday, August 14.

Welcome to Bossier Schools!

Posted 5/11/18

Photo of Plantation Park Elementary principal receiving award from SuperintendentThey represent the best of the best in academics, job performance, work ethic and leadership.

Bossier Schools honored its 2017-18 Students of the Year and district Teachers, Principals and School Support Personnel winners at the Celebration of Excellence banquet, sponsored by Citizens National Bank.

The recognition ceremony held a special surprise for Plantation Park Elementary principal Tonya Hilburn, who was named the “Innovator of the Year” by Superintendent Scott Smith. Hilburn’s improved school performance score was cited, as well as her faculty’s outreach into the community as just a couple of reasons why she perfectly fit the district’s motto “Inspiration. Imagination. Innovation.”

A special thanks to the Benton High Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of band director Evan McCormick, for providing musical entertainment during dinner and much appreciation to Citizens National Bank for investing in Bossier Schools, not only as Celebration of Excellence sponsor, but in so many other ways.

Posted 4/27/18